Published On: Thu, Aug 20th, 2015

Hunger striker put back in coma as court lifts detention

Ruling says Mohammed Allaan to remain in hospital; doctors report deterioration in condition, but say he’s stable

Palestinian hunger striker

Israel’s High Court of Justice on Wednesday suspended the administrative detention of Palestinian Mohammad Allan.

followed a hunger strike of more than 60 days staged by Allan and prompted a number of Israeli Knesset members from the right wing to argue that the decision marks a reward for terrorism.

Allan has been hospitalized at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon for several weeks. Wednesday’s ruling, rendered in a closed-door hearing, is believed to have stemmed from the revelation that Allan, 31, has suffered brain damage as a result of his hunger strike.

Barzilai Director Dr. Hezi Levy informed Allan of the decision, and the latter agreed to end his hunger strike. Nevertheless, due to his severe medical condition, doctors decided to sedate him for treatment.

“This decision is a direct result of the position taken by the Israel Medical Association (IMA), headed by Dr. Leonid Eidelman, on the issue of refusing to treat hunger strikers until they lose consciousness and there are concerns of irreparable damage. It is time the IMA and its director respect the law instead of taking action that ultimately lead to terrorists’ release, ” Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said Wednesday.

Culture and Sport Minister MK Miri Regev (Likud) said, “The High Court of Justice has capitulated to terrorist extortion. Allan is the inventor of a new suicide system, targeting Israel’s justice system and humanity.”

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan (Habayit Hayehudi) said the ruling “compromises national security. It’s giving in to one detainee’s blackmail, and it effectively rewards terrorism. It may lead to mass hunger strikes by security prisoners.”

MK Yoav Kisch (Likud) said, “Releasing the hunger-striking detainee is a prize for terrorism. Israel is fighting Palestinian terrorism, and part of that fight includes administrative detention. Without this measure we would suffer many more casualties. It’s unthinkable that we’ll capitulate to terrorism and release them.”

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to


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